24 Nov '17, 8am

From traffic jams to floods, can Indonesia's 'Big Durian' be fixed?

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aida Widyawati boards a commuter train each day to travel from her home in South Tangerang, west of Jakarta, to her job as an office manager in the center of Indonesia’s capital. The 120-km (75-mile) round trip takes three and a half hours on a good day. Last month, the mother-of-two sprained both ankles falling down some stairs at home and was forced to take a taxi to work. Her total journey time rose to six hours. In the monsoon season, her commute time can easily double. “It is very boring,” said Widyawati, who tries to catch up on sleep during her travels to work. “I just hope that the government will one day offer a better service.” Widyawati is one of more than 5 million people struggling to get to work each day in Southeast Asia’s largest city. Known as the “Big Durian” after the stinky fruit popular in the region, Greater...

Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-jakarta-resi...

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